Cheltenham Town's Kyle Haynes has won the Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year award for Coca-Cola League 2 at the 2010 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players.
Haynes received the award at a gala dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Sunday evening in front of 900 attendees from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
At the age of 17 and two months, Haynes became the youngest player in Cheltenham's history to play League football, and this has resulted in a recent offer for his first professional contract. Kyle has already established himself within the first team but his progression is not just limited to on the field as he has improved his college and NVQ work dramatically. During this year's FA Youth Cup competition, Kyle managed to score six goals in three games, an impressive feat for someone learning their trade.
As Football League Awards judge Paul Fletcher from BBC Online summed up, "Kyle has done enough to earn a pro contract after making a big impression as an apprentice - he fully deserves this award."
On collecting the award, Haynes said: "I didn't expect to get the award but it's brilliant that I've won it. After being released by Birmingham City I feel that this is quite an achievement, but I have to thank a lot of people at Cheltenham including our former Manager Martin Allen, who was a massive help to me. Hopefully now I can push on and establish myself as a first team regular for the club."